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22 Awesome Activities for Nursing Homes
An individualized, well though out activities program is at the heart of a quality life for residents in nursing homes or assisted living residences. Activities is not just about bingo and watching television. In fact, activity programs can be quite creative and stimulating for the mind. And the health and well-being benefits of a good program are becoming more and more documented. In short, this stuff works.
Reducing Falls in the Elderly Through Balance...
Balance issues are a serious health problem among the elderly. There’s a simple solution. Balance training can help reduce falls.
Why Don't Men Get Enough Activities in Nursing...
In most retirement communities women residents outnumber the men. It’s a fact of life for most activity directors but planning for men’s activities is also a must. In this article we look at some ideas for successful men’s programming.
Becoming a Nursing Home Administrator
The nursing home administrator is a leader in the organization who not only directs its operations but in a large part is responsible for setting the tone of the culture. Now more than ever, true leaders are needed in this area of healthcare. Let's look at this position, its responsibilities, training requirements, expected salary and career advancement opportunities.
Fun and Helpful Activities for Assisted Living...
At the heart of any nursing or assisted living home is the activity program. It is an integral part of the cultural change movement and central to person-centered care. It is essential for resident quality of life.
How To Monitor Your Parents’ Finances-Fou...
As elderly loved ones age family members often see signs of financial difficulty. Adult children often step in by monitoring their finances. Here's how.
Men Think Differently About Dementia Than...
More women have dementia than men. A new survey from the U.K. suggests men think differently about dementia than women. That can impact care.
The New Exam Requirements for Activity Directors
As more baby boomers enter retirement, more than ever there is a need for qualified activity directors. To this end, the National Certification Council of Activity Professionals (NCCAP) has put in place a new national exam designed to elevate the level of the profession and practitioner.
Starting a Non-Medical Home Care Business
With an increased desire to “age in place”, more and more services are being delivered straight to the home. One of the fastest growing businesses is non-medical home care.
Sex in Nursing Homes Is on the Increase
Many older Americans routinely engage in sexual activity according to a study. Sex in long-term care f is still a taboo subject. Time to talk about it.
Adult Day Services Rules and Regulations By State
With the growing trend for payers to want to keep people out of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities, other aging services become increasingly important. One of those is adult day care or adult day services (ADS). And with increased importance comes increased scrutiny. This article provides an overview of adult day care rules and regulations. They will continue to evolve.
ICD-10 implementation while postponed, was set to begin in October of 2013. Still organizations should prepare.
Becoming a Director of Nursing for a Skilled...
The Director of Nursing Services (DON) works in concert with the Administrator and directs the Nursing Department to maintain quality standards of care in accordance with Federal, State and facility standards, guidelines and regulations.
What Are Resident-Centered Food Services?
Food services in long-term care has come a long way, both in quality and taste as well as service and choice. Resident-centered food service is an essential part of the culture change movement in long-term care homes. Simple things to you and I like eating when you want, what you want and where you want have been, up until recently, something foreign to long-term care.
Communicating with Elders and Their Family...
Communicating effectively with elders and their family caregivers is key to providing safe, quality health care. Here is checklist to help.
The Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist...
How to become a Becoming a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
Adult Day Care Overview
Elder day care offers both respite for caregivers as well a much needed socialization for seniors. Here are the characteristics of a typical center.
Using Scents with Alzheimer's / Dementia Patients
Pleasing scents help relax people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. In this article we explore how to use aromatherapy with these patients.
Starting an Adult Day Care Center-What You Need...
An emerging business opportunity in long-term care is starting an adult day care center. Adult day centers play a vital role in seniors' quality of life.
MDS 3.0 What to Know about Care Management Tool...
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) tool for care management in nursing homes is called the Minimum Data Set (MDS). Learn more about MDS 3.0.
Medicaid Spend Down - Part One - How Do You...
Medicaid Spend Down - Part One - How Do You Qualify for Medicaid
Chair Tai Chi for Seniors-Improves Balance,...
Chair Tai Chi is an exercise program based on the principals of Tai Chi Chuan, but designed for the elderly, in nursing homes, adult day centers, etc..
Geriatric Care Manager Job Description-New...
As caregivers cope with the stress of caring for a loved one, a new profession, Geriatric Care Manager is born. Find a care manager job description here.
The Rise of Home Health Care-Aging in Place...
According to the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, home care began in the US in the 1880’s. Approximately 12 million individuals currently receive care from more than 33,000 providers. In 2009, annual expenditures for home health care were projected to be $72.2 billion. With a continued emphasis on aging in place, home care will continue to have its place in the aging continuum but it is not without its challenges.
Art Projects for Seniors Results in Better...
Art projects for seniors can enhance their quality of life while helping them learn a new skill. Here's one program that is bringing art project to seniors.
Activity Professional Job Description-What You...
Do you enjoy working with the elderly? Do you like a job gives flexibility? Read the activity professional job description and see if it's right for you.
One on one activities in nursing homes.
Activity directors spend a lot of time planning engaging programs for their residents. Despite working hard to offer a variety of programming for residents of all ages and abilities, there is still the task of serving residents who by desire or illness refuse to leave their rooms.
Information About MDS 3.0 Assessment Accuracy
It is important to accurately capturing ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) data when completing scheduled MDS 3.0 assessments for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement purposes. While compliance is needed for reimbursement, it is also essential to have an accurately completed MDS 3.0 assessment so that an individualized plan of care can be developed.
Science for Seniors - The Coolest Activity...
Using science for seniors as part of your activities program can help stimulate the brain and contribute to resident quality of life. A one-hour hands-on program called Science for Seniors, created by the author has four parts: select a topic, present fun facts, watch a video on the subject and do a safe experiment with residents. Let's experiment and see how we can bring science projects to our nursing and assisted living residents.
14 Technologies Seniors Should Use to Age in...
The most efficient way to lower long-term costs is to remain at home, What means will keep you safe and independent? Technology. Here are 14 to consider.
Recharge Your Assisted Living Marketing-6 Tips...
Is your assisted living marketing and sales approach stale? Do you need to recharge. Here are six tips that can get you started, increase referrals and closes.
Healthcare Quality Improvement
Healthcare quality improvement starts with people and a culture dedicated to empowering them to serve patients and residents. Empowered people led by inspiring leaders are the key to quality improvement in aging services. In short healthcare quality improvement and culture change are tied at the hip.
Tool Entices Seniors to Have the Talk-Cards...
Unique playing cards are being innovatively used by Norwell Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice to entice seniors to talk about their end of life wishes.
The Importance of Career Ladders in Long-Term...
One of the workforce issues in long-term care is that for many it is simply a job and not a career. With low retention and high turnover, low wages and minimal benefits, workers cannot see clearly that there is a career progression. In this article hub we look at the concept of career ladders in long-term care, especially important for certified nursing assistants (CNA) and home health aides (HHA).
Nurse Hand Washing - Key to Infection Control....
Hand hygiene and good infection control in health care settings can go a long way in helping contain germs and disease. It starts with nurse hand washing.
Adult Day Services
Adult day services design, environment and safety issues are paramount to quality of life for residents. We look at these issues in our continuing series of certification requirements for adult day services.
Filing a Claim with Medicaid
This article covers how to become a Medicaid provider and file a claim with Medicaid.
Extend Your Senior Living Brand - Expand Your...
Extend your senior living brand by expanding your product and service offerings. Brand extensions can help grow awareness and cross-promote offerings.
Unique Dementia Product - Busy Bee Lap Pad
One of the most difficult challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or dementia is the person's withdraw from favorite activities. Here is a solution.
Recruiting Healthcare Workers
One of the fastest growing segments of the economy is healthcare so you would think it would be easy to recruit the best healthcare workers for aging services businesses. Recruiting qualified healthcare workers for aging services has proven hard. There are some systemic issues related to this. So you need to start at the 50,000 foot level to understand the causes so you can move beyond the symptoms.
Nursing Home Administrator Exam-Test Questions...
The Nursing Home Administrator Exam is comprised of several sections that test different competency levels. In this article we look at finances.
How to retain Employees in LTC
Direct care workers have hard jobs, are low paid, and nearly ever receive the rewards and recognition deserved. That is why employee retention is so hard to achieve in aging services. When a position is viewed as simply a job and not a career, it is easy to see why people leave for better paying jobs outside the industry. Employee retention in aging services is a big issue that will become even bigger as the population ages. Let’s look at some strategies to help retain the best workforce.
Short Term Rehabilitation Activities-Meaningful...
Many older Americans will spend at least a short term stay recovering from medical miracles such as joint replacements. Rehabilitation activities will help.
Aging Trends Spell Business Opportunities
Aging trends spell business opportunity. There are almost 40 million people aged 65+ in the United States. By 2030 there will be more than 72 million.
Cultural Sensitivity in Nursing Homes - Major...
Alleged incidents of abuse, neglect and mistreatment among different races, classes and religious groups in long-term care facilities has been reported. Being aware of cultural differences and knowing that they can impact care delivery is important. And the development of culturally sensitive programs can help bridge differences, positively impact care and lead to increased resident, family and employee satisfaction.
Medicaid Spend Down - Part Two - Reducing...
Medicaid Spend Down - Part Two - Reducing Countable Assets
MDS 3.0 Falls
Falls are a leading cause of injury, morbidity, and mortality in older adults. MDS 3.0 falls guidelines look to help providers minimize fall risk while treating fall injuries with the goal of achieving the best quality of life for residents.
Franchise Report on Non-Medical Home Care...
A Franchise Business Review (FBR) 2012 Special Report on Senior Care Businesses paints a rosy portrait for the home care industry.
Culture Issues in Long-Term Care-Special...
As the number of ethnic and minority populations age and as the LGBT community ages, culture issues in Long-Term Care are only beginning to emerge.
Nursing Home Disaster Planning
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PACE Yourself
The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a comprehensive care delivery system that allows what traditionally would be thought of as nursing home residents to continue living at home while receiving services.
The Advantages of Career Ladders in Long-Term...
Career ladders encourage, recognize, and reward capable employees. Successful performance and acquisition of additional skills through education or training prepare individuals for the next job level. Formal career ladder programs can be found in organizations large enough to have a hierarchy of related occupations plus enough growth and turnover to allow for movement up the ladders. Let's explore the advantages of career ladders.
Music Programs for Seniors Stimulate Communicat...
Innovative music programs for seniors that empowers people to emerge from the isolation imposed by Alzheimer’s disease.
What Is a Continuing Care Retirement Community?
If you are new to aging services and are considering a career that involves caring for elders in a home-like environment, you need to know the differences between a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), an Assisted Living Facility (AL), and a Skilled Nursing Facility or Nursing Home (SNF.
Memory Care Program for Seniors-Key to Quality...
Sight, smell, sounds, touch all invoke memories and an effective memory care program can really add to the quality of life of elders.
Environmental Services-Maintain Home Environmen...
Environmental services in long-term care is more than just keeping a clean and safe environment. It is also about providing a home to residents.
Music Programs in Nursing Homes and Assisted...
The power of music and what it does to bring back memories is undeniable. In addition to enhancing quality of life, there are health benefits to an effective music program. It has been documented that seniors participating in music use fewer medications, fell less depressed, are less lonely, have higher morale and are more socially active. Let’s look at some of the science and the implication for activity directors. Let's find out how incorporate music into your activities.
Starting an Adult Medical Day Center
Adult medical day services may be a good health care solution for your community. In this article, we look at how to start an adult medical day care center.
Activity Professionals Can Earn CEUs Online-A...
To remain a certified activity professional you need to take continuing education courses. Earn CEUs online. Find out how in this article.
Staging a carnival in senior living.
Everyone has a memory of going to a carnival. Yet many of our elders are no longer capable of getting out to one. Solution - bring the carnival to them. Here's how to stage a carnival in your facility. No clowning around!
Legal Ramifications of Elder Abuse-How to...
Legal Ramifications of Elder Abuse-How to Protect Yourself and a Loved One
Activity Professional Careers
Residential living communities for seniors have a unique responsibility to provide not only food, shelter and health care, but also provide for the mental well being of their residents. The activities program is one way to provide for that well being and the activity professional is key.
Hospice Reimbursement-Understanding Could Boost...
Hospice reimbursement is often misunderstood by the public Many think it is not a covered service and shy away. Help the public understand, boost referrals.
Design Strategies for Memory Care
There are many old stereotypes when it comes to memory care design. While respecting the research that deals with colors, patterns, sights and sounds, you can use bold design to enrich the lives of residents.
Hospice Gives Hope-Quality of Life at the End...
Each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our loved ones will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. That is the belief of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and is reflected in the work that hospice providers do around the country. Yet hospice is very misunderstood. Let’s start clearing this up.
Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer's...
Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease-Dementia Mentors Can Help. Read about a program that can help caregivers and patients better understand and navigate dementia, including Alzheimer's.
Preventing Falls-NIH, PCORI Announce Major Award
Preventing Falls-NIH, PCORI Announce Major Award
Nursing Home Satisfaction
With so much emphasis on quality and satisfaction in healthcare, nursing homes have begun to measure their performance. My InnerView is a company that provides senior care leaders evidence-based management tools. While this article is not an endorsement, it remains that My InnerView has a handle on industry effectiveness more so than any other entity. In this article we will look at their latest report on the industry, the National Survey of Consumer and Workforce Satisfaction in Nursing Homes.
Books for Activity Professionals
The best tool for any activity director is education! There is valuable information in the activity director certification as well as the college courses required for certified therapeutic recreation specialists. There is also another source of information - the printed word. The newest research into brain chemistry, the aging process, dementia and other issues confronting seniors is addressed in numerous books with scientifically proven ideas. Let's take a look.
Assisted Living Sales-Becoming a Business Hunter
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Ceramics-Fun Activity for All Ages & It...
Ceramics can be a fun activity for all ages. And particularly it can be used for the short-stay rehabilitation patient too. Let's look at how to get started with using ceramics in your activity program.
Staff Evaluations in Long-Term Care-Hiring for...
Long Term Care is known for high staff turnover. Hire for fit and fewer staff turn over. Consistently performing evaluations and good people will stay.
New Nursing Home Administrator Code of...
New Nursing Home Administrator Code of Ethics-Personal Conduct Addressed
MDS 3.0 Cognitive Patterns in Nursing Home...
The level of cognitive ability among nursing home residents helps determine a proper care plan and therefore contributes to their quality of care and quality of life. In the past understanding cognitive patterns was done by simply observing residents and making notes of what was observed. Much has changed under MDS 3.0.
Nursing Home Design-Focus on Person-Centered...
Statistics suggest most older people will need nursing homes at some point. Here's how to provide person centered nursing home design for the future.
Be a Caregiver and Still Have a Life? YES
Caregiver health is an important issue. Can you be a caregiver and still have a life? Yes. You can take care of yourself while helping a loved one.
The Future Aging in Place
What is the future of aging in place? People sure want it. The problem is that the system of support services to facilitate aging in place treats symptoms not causes. In this article we will define a vision for aging in place and look at some of the trends and opportunities for service providers.
Hospice Facts and Stats
Hospice Facts and Stats tell a compelling story of a growing business and a diversified patient mix.
Art Activities
Art projects for seniors can enhance their quality of life while helping them learn a new skill. Art appreciation also helps foster lifelong learning and mind stimulation.
Activity directors - here's a new game that...
The Wheel of Chance game helps cognitive function. Studies show that patients who participate in activities that target cognition and social interaction receive significant improvement.
Helping Residents with Dementia Re-connect with...
The magic of books is what Shadowbox Press brings to people living with dementia. The disease may eliminate the ability to understand complex dialog or even words, but through Shadowbox Press editions their joy of reading continues.
Finding a Job as a Nursing Home Administrator-B...
By the search on our site, nursing home administration is hot. Here are some top level sources for finding a job as a nursing home administrator.
Home Care vs. Home Health Care-There is a...
Home Care vs. Home Health Care-There is a Difference
When to Seek Hospice Care
The medical establishment does not deal well with death so do not expect them to tell you when it is time for extraordinary measures to stop and hospice care to begin. Know the signs at the end of life when it's time to call hospice.
Home for the Holidays: Spotting the First Signs...
Home for the Holidays: Spotting the First Signs of Parkinson's Disease
Nursing Home and Assisted Living Staffing
Consistent assignment, the idea that residents/clients see the same caregiver(s) all the time, results in more satisfied residents/clients and staff, less turnover and better quality of care. With better quality and better experiences, people talk. And word of mouth is your most potent marketing tool. Consistent staffing is the perfect formula for sustaining and growing your long-term care business.
Capturing the Life Stories of Elders-Engages...
How do you capture the fascinating stories of your residents? Capturing life stories of elders helps to engage their mind and activate their memories.
Healthcare Quality Improvement Starts with...
Healthcare quality starts with people. And empowered people led by inspiring leaders are the key to quality improvement in aging services. Page 2.
Choosing a Nursing Home or Assisted Living...
From choosing a geriatric care manager to doing your internet homework to touring a facility, there is a lot that goes into making an informed decision about care for a loved one.
Enhancing Resident Care, Promoting Quiet,...
The quiet issue is big in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living environments. Noise contributes to poor sleep and other health issues. Silverado Senior Living's quest to provide the highest quality of life and to maintain a home like environment for their residents, lead to a search to find a quiet and efficient nurse call system, getting away from overhead paging, loud radios and one way pagers.
Hospice Marketing-Campaign on Advance...
Hospice marketing is hard. Most people don't want to have the conversation around dying. An advance directives campaign could help jump start marketing.
Satisfaction in Assisted Living-Residents Very...
Measuring assisted living satisfaction is hard because there are no common standards. My Inner View has created a measurement tool to help solve that.
Policies Around Sex in Nursing Homes
The Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, New York is a benchmark organization when it comes to honoring resident preference among a sensitive topic - sex.
Using Tablets to Engage Residents in Activities...
Using Tablets to Engage Residents in Activities-Seniors More in Tune with Tech Than You Think
Dietary Preferences Instead of Dietary...
Honoring residents’ choices in dining actually positions staff to get better clinical outcomes. Choices provide a road map for how to implement care interventions to meet care goals.
Protecting Your Home from the Costs of a...
Protecting Your Home from the Costs of a Nursing Home-Steps to Take Now
Capture Life Stories to Better Know Patients /...
How do you draw out the stories of your residents? The following articles will explore capturing life stories to better know patients / residents.
Cultural Sensitivity Training in Nursing Homes
A comprehensive culture sensitivity program in nursing homes should discuss overall organizational cultural competence as well as focus on the specific population groups and/or health issues that are relevant to the community. A well-rounded program also should help clinicians with diagnostic issues, such as identifying health conditions specific to certain ethnic patient populations or conducting skin assessments for patients with skin of color.
Paying for Long-Term Care
The financing of long-term care can be confusing, expensive, and onerous. There are five ways to pay for care.
Understanding Palliative Care-It's Not About...
Understanding palliative care is vital if we are to advance the health care discussion. It can give people quality of life during any stage of life.
Enhance the In-Home Patient Experience-Seven...
Enhance the In-Home Patient Experience-Seven Things To Do
Memory Mats- personalized photos and words...
Enter the dining room of most long term care, personal care and assisted living dining rooms and you will notice an absence. Not of food. Not of people. But of conversation! A new product could help.
Nursing Homes and the Flu-Preventing an Epidemic
Preventing and/or containing the spread of flu in your nursing home, assisted living or retirement community. Here are some guidelines.
Reducing Noise in LTC Facilities-Noise...
Excessive noise in healthcare facilities can make dementia worse. Reducing noise is important for resident well-being. Here are some tips.
Caring for the Spiritual Side of Your Christian...
How can the activity director help residents continue the spiritual side of their life? Let's find out in this article.
Medicaid Claims Processing
Let's face it. Claims processing is a pain! But if you are diligent in submission and tracking, you stand a better chance of getting paid on time. Let's look at some best practices in filing.
Net Promoter Score asks the ultimate ?-Will You...
A Net Promoter Score asks the ultimate question - will you recommend us to others? What other questions matter after that? NPS is the metric that matters.
Social Media in Long-Term Care
Everyone is abuzz about the social media. Yet its application for healthcare is not entirely clear. Let’s simplify the social media equation for healthcare organizations.
Using Food to Evoke Memories-How a Cookbook is...
Nothing says home like the smell, sight and taste of a familiar recipe. One senior living organization is using a cookbook to evoke memories for seniors under their care.
Workforce Satisfaction in Long-Tem Care
Finding and keeping talented staff in the aging services industry is hard. Workforce satisfaction is more than wages and benefits. The intangibles of workforce satisfaction – respect and empowerment among others – are keys to retention and recruitment in the industry.
Preventing, Monitoring and Identifying Abusive...
The long-term care industry is vastly misunderstood and usually lumped together as one entity. Most suffer from the image that carries over from perceptions of skilled nursing facilities - not only is a facility the place people go to die but that it is also a place where elders are abused. Actual statistics do not support the perception of rampant abuse; however, no abuse can be tolerated. This article looks at preventing, monitoring and identifying abusive behavior by your staff.
Conduct a Marketing Audit
Whether you are an organization of 5,000 or 5, marketing will be the key to success. Yet many organizations do not know where to begin. And even organizations with highly-skilled marketing departments may not have their priorities in place. A marketing audit could be the most valuable investment you make in your company.
Economic Impact of Long-Term Care
A report by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) shows that the nation’s nearly 16,000 nursing homes provide $153.8 billion of direct economic impact to state economic activity (1.1%) and $371.9 billion of total impact (2.7%) to state economic activity. Clearly the economic impact of long-term care is large.
Designing Your Home for Aging in Place-Design,...
As a consumer, your awareness of design elements for all ages, such as accessibility for convenience supporting environments which are easy to use and maintain and that provide adaptability and flexibility are important considerations to keep in mind when designing your home for aging in place.
Activities for November-Things to Be Thankful...
Ideas for activity professionals in long-term care, assisted living, nursing homes. Activities for November-Things to Be Thankful For in Our Lives
Career Ladders in Long-Term Care
A long-term care career ladder is a structured sequence of job positions through which a person progresses in an organization. While common in many industries, aging services has been slow to embrace this concept. In this article we look at how to start building a career ladder for positions in long term care such as certified nursing assistants and home health aides.
4 Tips for Getting Seniors Interested in Tech
This hub contains articles related to seniors and activities.
Nursing Home Administrator’s Exam
The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) is composed of state boards or agencies responsible for licensing long term care administrators. The basic objective of the Association is to assist these boards and agencies in carrying out their responsibilities in the licensure and re-licensure of long term care administrators. One of NAB'S functions is the development of the national nursing home administrator examination.
Alarms Hurt More Than Help When It Comes to...
Falls are a leading cause of injury, morbidity, and mortality in older adults. While MDS 3.0 guidelines looks to help providers minimize fall risks, there are apparent fall reduction mechanisms, like alarms, that actually contribute to falls as opposed to preventing them. In this article, we look at how to reduce alarms and therefore falls in facilities.
Adult Day Services Certification
As the push for aging in place grows, Adult Day Centers will become increasingly important. And the rules governing them will grow as well. The certification of these centers is important. In this article we look at one state’s requirements – Oregon – as a template for other states and for providers contemplating entry into this market.
Home Healthcare Satisfaction (CAHPS) Survey
The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Home Health Care Survey is designed to help providers measure client/patient satisfaction. This article looks at the requirements and guidelines for creating and assigning a unique sample identification (SID) number, decision rules related to processing returned mail survey questionnaires, assignment of survey disposition codes, and quality control measures.
Identifying Elder Abuse
This article looks at specific types of elder abuse that you need to be aware of when shopping for or operating a nursing home, assisted living or home health company.
Why You Need to Plan for Your Long Term Care
Advanced planning is imperative for seniors who wish to shelter their life savings from the cost of long-term care. Here is some information to get you started.
Medicaid Long-Term Care Guide-NIH Approved...
Medicaid Long-Term Care Guide-NIH Approved Resource Helps You Navigate Benefits. Each state has individual financial and medical requirements. Find out more.
Crossing the Activity Line
What constitutes inappropriate activity in a nursing home. Well strippers might qualify!
10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Caregiver
10 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Professional Caregiver-Reputable Agency Should Be Able to Answer All
Listening to Religious Music Improves Mental...
Listening to Religious Music Improves Mental Health
Senior Science Crafts that Help Save the...
Senior Science Crafts that Help Save the Environment
How Customized Playlists on Ipods Is Revolution...
How Customized Playlists on Ipods Is Revolutionizing Activities
Getting Seniors Online-Claris One Connects...
Getting Seniors Online-Claris One Connects Family Members with Aging Relatives
Paying for Care-Data Can Help You Make Better...
Translating Big Data to Practical Long-term Care Insights.
Hospice Care Overview
Each of us has the right to die pain-free and with dignity, and that our loved ones will receive the necessary support to allow us to do so. That is the belief of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and is reflected in the work that hospice providers do around the country. Yet hospice is very misunderstood. Let’s start clearing this up.
Designing for Senior Living-Rejuvenating Spaces...
Designing for Senior Living-Rejuvenating Spaces with Color
More March Activities for Assisted Living and...
Let's take a look at some additional activities for the month of March. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century.
Customer Relationship Management in Long-Term...
CRM, or Customer Relationship Management, is a business strategy designed to reduce costs and increase profitability by solidifying customer loyalty. This allows customer facing employees in such areas as sales, customer support, and marketing to make quick yet informed decisions on everything from cross-selling and upselling opportunities to target marketing strategies to competitive positioning tactics. In long-term care it can also go a long way in enhancing the resident/patient experience.
MDS 3.0 By the Category
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) tool for facilitating care management in nursing homes is called the Minimum Data Set (MDS), a core set of screening and assessment elements that is part of a Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI). The RAI provides a comprehensive and standardized assessment of each long-term care facility resident's functional capabilities and helps staff to identify health problems. In this series, we examine seven areas of care.
Activities for Seniors for NovemberHere's Five...
Ideas for activity professionals in long-term care, assisted living, nursing homes. Activities for November-Here's Five Articles to Kickstart Things.
Life History Project
Everyone has a story, but often we learn their story too late. That’s the reality that motivated Sheila Brune to create The Living History Program (copyrighted), a program that records and creates a the personal story of the patients at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, Illinois.
Caregivers Using Social Media More
The 18 to 33 age demographic is still the largest users of the social media yet older age demographics are rapidly catching up. And that is important to know as you ramp up your social media strategy. Caregivers are using social media more and the sandwich generation mom is multi-tasking, researching care for themselves, their parents and their kids.
What is an Accountable Care Organization?
Health reform provisions call for the creation of accountable care organizations. Yet there definition is not set. There are some models for accountable care organizations in the marketplace. This looks at some.
Changing the Traditional Model of Assisted...
Changing the Traditional Model of Assisted Living Design. Here is what it looks like now.
Healthcare Opportunities Abound as Industry Grows
Health care opportunities in long term services and supports are growing. A quick review of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that the healthcare field is bursting with opportunities. This article explores the possibilities and potential of this industry. For many this will help crystallize decisions about entering this field. How do I start a business or get a job in long term care services and supports. Find out.
Nursing Home Administrator's Exam
The National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) is composed of state boards or agencies responsible for licensing long term care administrators. The basic objective of the Association is to assist these boards and agencies in carrying out their responsibilities in the licensure and re-licensure of long term care administrators. One of NAB'S functions is the development of the national nursing home administrator examination. This article looks at the first area of testing - Human Resources.
Technology Aiding Family Caregivers-Here Are...
Technology Aiding Family Caregivers-Here Are Some That Can Help
Using Validation Techniques With People Living...
Communication is one of the first casualties of dementia. Because dementia affects memory, people with dementia have difficulty following the thread of a conversation. “Reawakening” a person to the “real world” used to be the norm for caregivers. But newer studies have shown that these small corrections shatter that person's reality. This realization gave birth to a new form of communicating and dealing with people with dementia.
Jennifer Tucker, Vice President of Homewatch...
Guest Writer: Jennifer Tucker, Vice President of Homewatch CareGivers
Demand for Physical Therapists in Healthcare
Physical therapists careers are expected to grow much faster than average and job opportunities are good. More and more nursing homes are employing physical therapists as the industry embraces the rehabilitation business. In terms of hiring and staffing, this is a profession in demand.
Guest Writer: Krista Potthast-Haynes
Guest Writer: Krista Potthast-Haynes
Adopting Sustainable Practices in Your Assisted...
Small steps towards sustainability can make an impact--both in the amount of resources your facility uses, to the overall well being and goodwill from the residents.
Considering buying a nursing home? What to...
Buying a nursing home is a big step and can rewarding. Here are some basic considerations to keep in mind when considering the purchase of care home.

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